North America, Europe · 14 Days · 60 Moments · May 2018

14 June 2018

For the last post, some shots of Notre Dame at night!
Some shots from a boat cruise we took with a bonus photo of a charcuterie platter.
After Notre Dame we explored the 4th arr. of Paris. It ended up being Brent’s favorite area of Paris that we visited. Lots of neat shops and fun things to see!
We got a bit of a late start on day 4 in Paris. We (Brent) needed some recovery time after his birthday. We had some Korean food for lunch, which, oddly enough, comforted us since we were starting to get a little homesick. After that we went into Notre Dame!

13 June 2018

In the afternoon on Brent’s birthday we hung out at the apartment and had some wine and cheese before heading out to dinner at Chez Gladines. Later we hung out at some bars in an area populated mostly by college students.
We kicked off Brent’s birthday with a visit to the Eiffel Tower and the Mousse D’Orsay.

12 June 2018

Day 3 was a visit to the Palace of Versailles. This was a full day of sight seeing by itself. The size of the place, the detail in the craftsmanship, and the vastness of the gardens cannot be overstated. Truly amazing to see this!
Day 3 was a visit to the Palace of Versailles. This was a full day of sight seeing by itself. The size of the place, the detail in the craftsmanship, and the vastness of the gardens cannot be overstated. Truly amazing to see this! (2/3)
Day 3 was a visit to the Palace of Versailles. This was a full day of sight seeing by itself. The size of the place, the detail in the craftsmanship, and the vastness of the gardens cannot be overstated. Truly amazing to see this! (1/3)

11 June 2018

Jordan took Brent out for a birthday dinner at the end of day 2 in Paris. Brent’s first escargot, a heaping pile of beef tartare, and a burger worthy of an American restaurant.
Next we got some crêpes and saw the opera house and cruised around town!
Day 2 in Paris took us to Montmartre. We stared at Sacré Cœur, which provides the best view of Paris in Paris. Right next to it is the lesser known Paroisse Saint-Pierre, (church of St. Peter) but that is where the Society of Jesus was founded.

10 June 2018

We did a bit of sight seeing and relaxing on our first afternoon in Paris. We saw Luxembourg palace and Notre Dame. Then we watched the Canadian Grand Prix at a racing themed bar with an F1 car on the ceiling! Oh, and Jordan got a beret.
Now en route to Paris!

9 June 2018

These photos are my attempt to illustrate how big of a deal bikes are in Amsterdam. EVERY person commutes by bike, all of which cruiser type single gear bikes. Very few people ride road or mountain bikes for commuting. Every single street is lined with parked bicycles, and cyclists rule the road. Cars give them the right of way. You often see mothers or fathers riding bikes with a big bucket up front that holds 2 or 3 kids in it. It’s pretty amazing.
Our last photo in Amsterdam!
Our last meal in Amsterdam: Envy. A 8 course tasting menu with a couple snacks and bread.
Our last meal in Amsterdam: Envy. A 8 course tasting menu with a couple snacks and bread. Food pictured: Our white chocolate themed dessert and my birthday surprise! A birthday dessert requested by Jordan created by the pastry chef.
Our last meal in Amsterdam: Envy. A 8 course tasting menu with a couple snacks and bread. Food pictured: Steak with artichoke purée. Ice cream, charcoal dust, and some lemon creme thing.
Our last meal in Amsterdam: Envy. A 8 course tasting menu with a couple snacks and bread. Food pictured: Lobster claw on brioche with some sauce. Sea bass with rolled cabbage and broth.
Our last meal in Amsterdam: Envy. A 8 course tasting menu with a couple snacks and bread. Food pictured: Salmon ceviche. Sous vide egg with garlic sauce.
Our last meal in Amsterdam: Envy. A 8 course tasting menu with a couple snacks and bread. Food pictured: Wasabi meringue with goat cheese and grilled water melon with creme and Spanish pepper. Bread with house made butters - the yellow tasted like Thai curry and the red was tomato basil. Crispy pork belly.
We then rented bikes again and rode out of the city along the Amstel river. This is the first time we saw an abundance of cyclists in it for the exercise. Dozens and dozens of people riding along the river. This was some of the most beautiful site seeing we have done so far. We got to see river views, some big and very expensive houses, some countryside, all in one bike ride. Of course, we stopped for a snack at a riverfront restaurant.
On our last day in Amsterdam, we ate. We started with some street food along with a visit to Bloemenmarkt, the worlds biggest (and probably only) floating flower market.

8 June 2018

We spent most of the second day in Amsterdam biking! We cruised to the village of Zaanse Schans, which is about 15 km from our apartment. It was so beautiful! This area with the windmills was built in the 60s. They brought in the buildings and windmills from sites around The Netherlands for preservation.

7 June 2018

Dinner on night one was pizza from La Perla, the best pizza we have ever had. Then we spent the night walking around the city, and even ducked into the Red Light District. (We didn’t take any photos there 😉)
Our first day in Amsterdam was filled with exploring the city. We grabbed a bite, then went to the Van Gogh Museum. No pictures allowed in there either, but it was a great site. Our favorite paintings were The White Orchard” and “Horse.”
We ate dinner at Dishoom - a super tasty Iranian restaurant. This is a shot of one of our dishes, fried lamb brains. The restaurant was in an area called Shoreditch, which is where a lot of London nightlife is. We bopped around to a few bars, including a rooftop bar with a Vegas theme complete with American flags and murals of the American Southwest.
The last sight seeing stop was the Tower of London. This is an old palace and fortress, which was also used as a prison for traitors. (Not to mention a torture chamber) monarchs lived in the center palace from about the year 1000 to about 1500. The Crown Jewels are kept here now, guarded by the Irish Guard. We couldn’t take any photos of them, but were a little underwhelming anyway. There was also a great view of Tower Bridge.
The last sight seeing stop was the Tower of London. This is an old palace and fortress, which was also used as a prison for traitors. (Not to mention a torture chamber) monarchs lived in the center palace from about the year 1000 to about 1500. The Crown Jewels are kept here now, guarded by the Irish Guard. We couldn’t take any photos of them, but were a little underwhelming anyway. There was also a great view of Tower Bridge.
The last sight seeing stop was the Tower of London. This is an old palace and fortress, which was also used as a prison for traitors. (Not to mention a torture chamber) monarchs lived in the center palace from about the year 1000 to about 1500. The Crown Jewels are kept here now, guarded by the Irish Guard. We couldn’t take any photos of them, but were a little underwhelming anyway. There was also a great view of Tower Bridge.
Our next stop was Westminster Abbey. They wouldn’t let us take pictures inside, (lame) but I snuck a photo of the courtyard. It reminded Jordan of Harry Potter. This is where monarchs getting corrinated (need to spell check that) which is when they get crowned as Queen or King. There are also loads of people buried inside the church, this time all Royalty, though. We walked through all the tombs of dead kings and queens.
Our last day in London was filled with sight seeing! We started the day at St Paul’s Cathedral. We were able to go up into the dome and sit in what’s called the “Whispering Gallery” around it. If you whisper into the wall, anyone sitting along the wall can hear you, even if they’re a couple hundred feet away on the other side.

5 June 2018

The British Museum!
Happy Early Birthday, Brentley!
Almost as many courses for dessert! And a special birthday card + chocolate for Brent.
On to some of the main dishes. Wow, just wow.
More deliciousness from The Clove Club!
Today we took part in one of our favorite experiences in London - The Clove Club’s lunchtime tasting menu. Some of the dishes truly brought tears to our eyes. Take a look at some of our favorites! (The menu is the last photo so we can reference 😋)
Kensington Palace and sunken garden.
Hyde Park - London’s largest park. The water feature is Princess Diana’s memorial. The giant stack of barrels is apparently a new “art” feature.

4 June 2018

Our last stop of the day was a nightcap at Churchill Arms.
Some nighttime sight seeing! Trafalgar Square and Kensington Palace.
Borough Market! This was an AMAZING street market with meat, cheese, and produce vendors along with plenty of vendors selling street food, and of course, a few places to get drinks. We opted for a pork sandwich on ciabatta from a place called “Roast Hog.”
We took a break from the market at The George Inn. One of the oldest inns/pubs in London, it is known to have been a hangout for William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens.

3 June 2018

Last stop on day 2: Harry Potter studio. We got to see the actual set on which Harry Potter was filmed. Brent even got to open the door to the Great Hall because it was his birthday.
Stonehenge! The end of the visit was interrupted by protesters. They were protesting charging the public to view the stones. We kind of agree with them - entry was 17 Pounds.
Our last stop in Bath was Bath Abbey. Such a beautiful church. Something we later learned is common in old English churches is that the inside of the church is literally a grave yard. The entire floor is lined with graves, as pictured.
We took a break with our very first full English breakfast.
We started day 2 with a architectural tour of Bath. We saw Queen Square, the Circus, and The Royal Crescent.

2 June 2018

Hare and Hounds. The best view in Bath. We ordered: Sourdough and baked camembert, Charred mackerel with crispy capers and bamboo, Rare roast beef with crème fraîche, Asparagus with fried duck egg, Sourdough with goat cheese, Tomato soup, Too much Rosé After dinner we walked down Landsdown Dr. back into town. On the way we discovered an old lady that had fallen in the street and summoned help from neighbors to get her home. The woman who took her home tracked us down after to tell us she made it home safe. Her husband was happy to see her and admitted she may have had one too many Sherry’s.
The Romans know how to build a bath.
Arrived in Bath, UK!
Just arriving in Bath, UK!

1 June 2018

Today, the driver who brought us to the airport thought I was Justin’s dad.
Ben Franklin and Paul Revere’s graves.
Checking out the freedom trail! Paul Revere’s home, the Old North Church, and some cemetery.
Beautiful Boston.
Hanging out in Boston!

31 May 2018

Ready for takeoff!